The lapel pin is to be fastened to the lapel of a full-dress uniform with a special clip called “butterfly fitting”. Thanks to the fine needle the fastening does not leave traces or pierces on clothes, does not damage the product.
A miniature pin badge is made of a goldish metal with enamel. It is a triangular heraldic shield with concave upper corners, which is superimposed on a golden unsheathed sword. The shield is framed by a laurel wreath entwined with a ribbon of the colors of Russia national flag. On the maroon field of the shield there is an image of a walking panther.
The shield is crowned with Russian National Emblem – the double-headed eagle holding the scepter and orb.
On the wide gray edging of the shield there are golden rivet-heads and the inscription: “RUSSIAN INTERNAL TROOPS”.
A shield and a drawn sword is the general emblem of Russian Interior Ministry, a symbol of constant readiness for action to ensure the safety and armed protection of the citizens.
Maroon is the color of the Special Forces of Russian Interior Ministry.
The objectives of the Division are to protect the public order in Moscow and the Moscow Region, to fight against terrorism and extremism, in wartime – to protect important public objects.
Up to the February 1994 the Division was called the Dzerzhinsky Separate Motorized Rifle Division of Special Purpose.
Despite the fact that after the reorganization the reference of F.E. Dzerzhinsky’s name disappeared from the official name of the Division, among the people, especially the civilians of the older generation, it is still called the Dzerzhinsky Division, or simply “Dzerzhinka.”
The Division is fully motorized and mobile. It is in constant combat readiness. Within a short time its units can be transferred by air to anywhere in Russia to perform unexpected tasks.
The units of the Division took part in special operations in Armenia, Azerbaijan, Nagorno-Karabakh, Central Asia, North Ossetia, Chechnya and Dagestan.
They took part in the hostage release operation in Moscow’s Dubrovka Theater Centre.